Who We Are

Staff can be contacted via email, using the first letter of the first name and the full last name, at geneticsandsociety.org. Thus, John Doe would be jdoe[AT]geneticsandsociety[DOT]org.

Click on the name of each program staff member to see their talks, articles, news and blog posts.

Staff | Advisory Board | Fellows | Consultants

Executive Director
Photo of Marcy Darnovsky Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, speaks and writes widely on the politics of human biotechnology, focusing on their social justice and public interest implications. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy, New Scientist and many others. She has appeared on dozens of television, radio, and online news shows and has been interviewed and cited in hundreds of news and magazine articles. She has worked as an organizer and advocate in a range of environmental and progressive political movements, and taught courses at Sonoma State University and at California State University East Bay. Her Ph.D. is from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Associate Director
Photo of Katie Hasson Katie Hasson, PhD, writes, speaks, researches, and teaches about the social and political aspects of human genetic and reproductive technologies. Katie earned her PhD in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

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Daisy Boyd is interested in improving awareness surrounding how assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) impact not only individuals, but communities as well, with a focus on how ARTs relate to topics such as the commodification of the body. She is currently studying Anthropology and Sociology at Mount Holyoke College. In addition, she is pursuing The Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate through the Five College Consortium.  Through her work at CGS, she hopes to contribute to the current work being done in biopolitics and explore how this relates to her interests in reproductive justice.

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Anna Fang is interested in improving health equity through outreach and epidemiology research. She is currently studying Molecular and Cell Biology and Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Through her involvement in CGS and other community work, she hopes to help work towards a better educated and healthier public.

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Connor McAlister is interested in increasing awareness of how human biotechnologies impact marginalized communities, especially how it affects those with disabilities.  They are currently studying the Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Through their work at CGS, they hope to further their understanding of reproductive justice, and as a result, be better able to educate the world around them.



Photo of Richard Hayes Richard Hayes, PhD, was most recently visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley College of Natural Resources / Energy and Resources Group. He was founding executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, serving in that role from 2001 through 2012. He has written and spoken widely concerning democratic governance of science and technology, economic inequality, and the need for social oversight of the new human biotechnologies. Hayes has been active in social and political organizing since his student days at UC Berkeley in the 1960s. In the 1970s he worked as a community organizer with a wide range of progressive organizations. In the early 1980s he served as executive director of the San Francisco Democratic Party and ran the electoral field operations for the late Congressmembers Phillip Burton and Sala Burton. From 1983 through 1992 he served on the national staff of the Sierra Club, first as assistant political director and then as national director of volunteer development. In the early 1990s he was chair of the Sierra Club's Global Warming Campaign Committee. In 1999 he began the work that lead to the creation of the Center for Genetics and Society in 2001. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. His current website is For A Human Future.